#artsummary2017 (along with 2016 (my personal favourite) and 2015). Let me talk about style. Every artist who develops a style does so after hours upon hours of reviewing and adjusting, and it is something that grows and evolves with them year after year. You'll see their trademarks in their style (thick outlines, crazy colours, warm lighting, clean lines, expressions that make you weep or anything really) to the point where even if you do see the work without a name, you can still point out who's work it is. We put our blood, sweat and tears into honing it into our own brand. Granted, its always a process and you're never at the final stage. Let me tell you how I define a style: Your particular brand of art where every little detail has meaning to it because whether you put something in or leave something out, it is all your decision.
As artists, we are inspired by EVERYTHING we see around us. Including other art but there is a way to go about it. Pave your own path. Instead of trying to become someone else, learn their good traits and use it to improve yourself. It's going to be a lot of trial and error. Trust me when I say you're going to be extremely frustrated when you hit a block in your journey but at the end of the day, being able to call something your own and knowing how much work you put into getting here makes it worth it.
As an artist, as a person really, I get inspired when I see good art. But being inspired isnt replicating particular pieces (no this isn't my reason for talking about it but its a good point regardless) and calling them your own but rather seeing an artist use fluid anatomy and deciding to make yours less rigid. It's about seeing a sunset and using a warm colour palette. It's about seeing a picture on your old folder of a torch under your brother's face and using dramatic lighting. It's about seeing killer compositions and touching facial expressions in movies and thinking you need to incorporate those elements. Inspiration is a power up. Not reference. Your style is the way your personality manifests itself in your art. So go on a journey and pave your own path.